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PIONEER IN HOLLYWOOD PET-SITTING INDUSTRY RELEASES TALES OF CELEBRITY FUR KID LOVE
Funny and Full of Business Savvy Advice,
The Pet Sitter’s Tale is Currently Available on Amazon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Los Angeles(November 20, 2017) – Laura Vorreyer releases her book, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale,” (AuthorHouse) which was fifteen years in the making. Now available on Amazon, AuthorHouse.com and through Barnes & Noble’s website, this collection of short stories was gathered throughout Laura’s years with the company she built herself, Your Dog’s Best Friend. The book is filled with laugh-out-loud anecdotes and practical business advice.
With an impossibly determined and dogged will, Laura moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to become a make-up artist in the film and television industry. Knowing nobody in the city and with no road map to success, she stumbled upon her true passion of pet-sitting in the most hilarious and Hollywood-style manner.
“The Pet Sitter’s Tale” paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to witness, and be a willing participant of, the pampered life of a celebrity’s dog. Laura is always compassionate and understanding of the eccentricities of pet-parents as she tells her tales of overly-protective, dog-obsessed clients. She also adds helpful business advice as she recounts stories about the tough task of hiring good people in wacky Hollywood.
Each chapter in “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” begins with an introductory photo of an actual canine client, in order to highlight just exactly why they inspire such loyalty.
About her road to her career, Laura explains, “I have been many other things, but none as satisfying or rewarding as a caretaker for other living creatures.” Anybody who has loved a four-legged furry family member can relate and will laugh and cry along with Laura’s compilation of stories of her fifteen years in business.
About “The Pet Sitter’s Tale”
From the time she was a young girl growing up in Chicago to unintentionally becoming a professional pet sitter in Los Angeles, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” is Laura Vorreyer’s collection of stories about her love affair with pets. Each story is infused with her unique sense of humor and observations about the foibles and adventures of furry children and their human counterparts.
Filling multiple roles as animal expert, companion, therapist, and friend, Laura muses over her client’s pet obsessions while always lending a compassionate ear. Both poignant and humorous, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” will amuse anyone who’s ever had their heartstrings tugged by a cute pet.
About Laura Vorreyer
Laura Vorreyer is an entrepreneur, who pioneered the dog walking industry, and author. She is the owner of Your Dog’s Best Friend, a premier dog walking and pet-sitting business in Los Angeles. Laura is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and is dedicated to pet rescue. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and their dog, Dexter.
AuthorHouse is the leading provider of supported self-publishing services for authors around the globe, with over 90,000 titles released.
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Fans of Balto and other real-life dog stories will fall in love with . . .
STRONGHEART: WONDER DOG OF THE SILVER SCREEN
By Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann
«“This fascinating and heartwarming piece of historical fiction will be met
with wonder.” —Booklist, starred
“A touching, playful, and satisfying tale of a silver-screen wonder dog.” —Kirkus Reviews
From acclaimed author Candace Fleming and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Eric Rohmann comes STRONGHEART: WONDER DOG OF THE SILVER SCREEN(Schwartz & Wade Books / on sale Feb 6, 2018 / Ages 8–12), a heavily illustrated middle-grade novel about a real-life canine movie star of the 1920s.
When movie director Larry Trimble travels to Berlin searching for his next big star—a dog!—he finds Etzel, a fierce, highly trained three-year-old German shepherd police dog. Larry sees past the snarls and growls and brings Etzel back to Hollywood, where he is renamed Strongheart. Along with screenwriter Jane Murfin, Larry grooms his protégé to be a star of the silver screen—and he succeeds, starting with Strongheart’s first film, The Love Master, which is released in 1921. Strongheart is soon joined by a leading lady, a German shepherd named Lady Julie, and becomes a sensation. But when he is accused of attacking a girl, he must prove his innocence—and it will take his best acting skills to do so.
Touching, charming, playful, and based on real events, STRONGHEART tells all about “the wonder dog” who took America by storm.
CANDACE FLEMING is the prolific author of The Family Romanov, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature; Amelia Lost, which received four starred reviews; The Great and Only Barnum, nominated for an ALA-YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book of the Year; The Lincolns, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Oh, No!, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle-grade books, including Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! and The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. You can follow Candace Fleming on Twitter at @candacemfleming and visit her at candacefleming.com.
ERIC ROHMANNis a painter, printer, and fine bookmaker. He is the author/illustrator of the Caldecott Medal–winning My Friend Rabbit and the Caldecott Honor Book Time Flies. He and Candace Fleming have collaborated on numerous acclaimed children’s books, including Giant Squid and Oh, No!, recipient of three starred reviews. Visit him at ericrohmann.com.
STRONGHEART: WONDER DOG OF THE SILVER SCREEN by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Schwartz & Wade Books | On sale February 6, 2018 | Ages 8–12
Hardcover: 978-1-101-93410-4 | $17.99 / CAN $23.99 | 256 pages
Ebook: 978-1-101-93412-8 | $10.99
Schwartz & Wade Books is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Visit us online @RandomHouseKids | facebook.com/randomhousekids |RHCBooks.com
CONVERSATIONS WITH MARY
MESSAGES OF LOVE, HEALING, HOPE And UNITY
by ANNA RAIMONDI
At age five, on a spring afternoon in the backyard of her suburban Long Island home, Anna Raimondi had a profound experience. A contemplative child, she slid her body into the small grotto that once held a statue of the Virgin Mary. As she sat reveling in nature, her body was flooded with a wondrous feeling of pure peace and nurturing love. Then suddenly, Mary was there, smiling and gazing at her with wide mahogany-colored eyes. She looked nothing like her pictures in church, but Anna knew she was the Blessed Mother of Jesus. In a gentle, yet strong voice, Mary spoke, “Anna, I am here for you always. Always come to me.”
Now, decades later, Anna Raimondi is a spiritual counselor and medium, as well as a mother with two grown sons. In Conversations with Mary: Messages of Love, Healing, Hope for Today’s World from the Blessed Mother (Atria Books; $20.00; On Sale October 17, 2017), Anna shares her latest, greatest gift from the mother of humanity: words of clarity and comfort directly from Heaven. Through Anna, her chosen conduit, Mary speaks to all of God’s children—Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and the spiritual but not religious—with universal acceptance, boundless compassion, and immediate relevance. As Anna attests: “Mary’s messages are global, forward-thinking, and transformative.”
Taking on timeless and continually debated questions, Conversations with Mary offers richly insightful, reassuring answers. Each of the ten chapters culminates with a specific meditation, attuned to the power of Mary’s gentle vibration. Through Anna, Mary touches and teaches us troubled, searching mortals truths about:
- A Soul, its immortal nature and the lessons along each soul’s journey from immaturity to spiritual illumination.
- Prayer, its power, the right way to pray, and the difference between surrendering to God and relinquishing responsibility for one’s actions.
- What Happens When We Die, with revelations into the realities of heaven, hell, purgatory, and reincarnation.
- Evil, why it exists in the world, whether there is a “devil,” and what each of us can do to protect ourselves and our children from negative energies.
Conversations with Mary also explores fate and free will, the power of faith, the role of religion and its corruption, the gifts of angels, the path to enlightenment, and how to find harmony in today’s divisive world. Uplifting, illuminating, and thought- and action-provoking, Conversations with Mary is a book for all spiritual seekers and everyone yearning for unity, peace, and love in our troubled times.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Raimondi is a grief counselor, spiritual advisor, and medium with a large following. She lives in Connecticut.
Conversations with Mary:
Messages of Love, Healing, and Hope for Today
by Anna Raimondi
Atria Books | ISBN: 978-1-5011-5635-9 | Pages: 208 |
Price: $20.00 | US Publication date: October 17, 2017
Why Is It Hard To Get Over
A Pet’s Death, And How Do You?
For many people, the death of a pet is akin to losing a relative or friend.
The grief cuts deeply, and for a variety of reasons. The pet becomes a big part of the family as we care for them, play with them, feed them, and love them.
“When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com), a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups.
“Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. We provide for their every need. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too, often family members and friends will tell us, basically, to get over it.
“Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship as others advise, hold dear to that sorrow that follows the loss of your pet. This grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.”
Dolan-Del Vecchio can discuss for your listeners different ways to cope with the grief of losing a pet.
About Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com) is an author, health and wellness executive, human resources leader, organizational consultant and family therapist with 30 years’ experience in the arena of personal, organizational and community empowerment. His most recent book is Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents. In 2017, he retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential Financial and founded GreenGate Leadership, the firm for which he now provides speaking events, coaching and consultation for organizational leaders. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Cornell University and his master's degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His books cover the subjects of leadership, parenting, dealing with loss and couple relationships.
In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time . . . now with a foreword by Melanie Griffith
For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals.
Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.
"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs. Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who have taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."
—Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
“Rescue a dog, and the dog will rescue you. I can vouch for that, and Peter Zheutlin does a lovely, moving job of exploring the subject. Rescued is a delightful read.”
—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author
What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things
By Peter Zheutlin
While many of us have heard the “adopt don’t shop” expression, what most people don’t realize is just how vast the canine overpopulation problem is: 3.3 million new dogs enter U.S. animal shelters each year, at least 20% of which are euthanized[i] (these numbers are conservative when you start digging). There are an estimated 78 million pet dogs in the U.S[ii], yet less than a quarter are adopted from rescues and shelters. In his New York Times-bestselling book RESCUE ROAD, journalist Peter Zheutlin introduced us to Greg Mahle of Rescue Road Trips and the remarkable, heartwarming story of how one man (and many selfless volunteers) saved over thirty thousand hard-luck dogs from the South.
Peter Zheutlin’s new book RESCUED: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things is a natural follow up to Rescue Road. Zheutlin interweaves heartwarming and humorous stories, lessons, and advice from countless families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their homes and the transformative effect of these adoptions.Zheutlin captures the beautiful as well as the challenging moments that will resonate with any pet owner, such as:
- Knowing the moment your dog feels “home,” as shared by Ronnie Stanley, a first round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens, who adopted Lila, a notoriously “hard-to-adopt” pit bull mix.
- The new perspectives gained as a dog owner: “If I’m running late for work,” recounts Ericka Kofkin, whose pit bull Zosia only has two legs due to being run over by a train, “I can get grumbly at her slow progress. But then I turn around to check on her and see how hard she’s working and all the effort in her little face and instantly melt… She always acts like I’m giving her the greatest gift in the world.”
- The many ways in which dogs can help comfort, support, and guide us: As wheelchair-bound Ellen Leigh notes of her service dog, “Ricky helps me with many tasks and gives me independence. He opens doors literally and figuratively. He touches people’s hearts and because of that, I make a connection with lots of people. It’s a wonderful, life-changing partnership. My doctors agree Ricky has improved my health and he’s renewed meaning and purpose in my life.”
Owning a dog, rescued or otherwise, “isn’t going to be one continuous Hallmark moment” – there will always be challenging behaviors, unexplained fears, and a love for rolling in poop and mud. But most importantly, these resilient dogs and their awe-inspiring stories help us put the trials and tribulations of our daily lives into perspective, helping us live every day with greater appreciation and gratitude.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author, whose work appears regularly in major national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. For more information, visit his website, www.peterzheutlin.com.
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What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon,
and Finding Joy in the Little Things
By Peter Zheutlin
On Sale October 3, 2017
TarcherPerigee Paperback | ISDN-13: 978-1-101-98285-3 | $16.00
[i] The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
[ii]APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2015-1026 by the American Pet Products Association
Pet Safety Crusader™ Relocates to Villa Rica
15,000 Students, 10 Books and More to Accomplish!
DENISE FLECK, Founder of Sunny-dog Ink, the company she started in 1999 To
Help People Help Their Pets™, recently relocated to Villa Rica, Georgia from Los
Angeles and is pleased to continue teaching, writing and speaking on behalf of the
animals in the Peach State. "It is so rewarding to help pet lovers rescue Rover or
help Fluffy feel better BEFORE they can get to veterinary care, and I have been
blessed to have so many students jump to the task bandaging a wound, alleviating
choking, heatstroke or performing CPR,” she explains.
Dog mom Shirley DeFazio says, “I just can’t believe I saved my pet’s life thanks to
Denise’s class!” DeFazio performed life-saving measures when her beloved Doberman suffered
Fleck is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor who developed the curriculum for her Pet
First-Aid & CPCR (Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation) Classes after training, practicing, attending seminars and
practicing some more. She has taught more than 15,000 animal lovers life-saving skills and has appeared on Animal
Planet’s “Groomer Has It” and “Pit Boss,” A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” CBS-TV’s “The Doctors,” CNN Headline
News, PBS-TV’s “Lassie’s Pet Vet,” “K9Corner” and KTLA Los Angeles, on radio and in magazines. She is honored and
delighted to be on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior pets, as well as
the Board of the Emma Zen Foundation which provides pet oxygen masks to First Responders.
Fleck’s 10th book, “The Pet Safety Bible” will be available in early 2018 but her most recent release, “The Pet Safety
Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” discusses an important topic in light of Mother Nature’s
recent rampages. Fleck has assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and received
kudos from the Burbank (California) Police Department & Animal Shelter for drafting their Animal Emergency Plan. She
has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year and has won 2 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers
and 3 Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Associations including Best Children’s Book for “Don’t Judge a Book
by its Cover,” which according to Fleck, “Teaches kids from 0-99 to not judge animals, people, anything on the surface
but to look for the treasures that lie underneath.”
“I was born in Florida and after years on the West Coast, I am delighted to call
Georgia home amongst all the beautiful greenery, rainfall and friendly people –
I’m really anxious to see the first colors of Fall!”
Fleck just returned from a road-trip to New Orleans where she once again had the
honor of speaking at the Pet Sitter World Educational Conference which was
attended by hundreds of professional pet sitters and industry experts from the
U.S. and Canada. Said Beth Stultz, PSI's Vice-President, Marketing &
Operations, “Because professional pet sitters spend more time with clients' pets
than most other pet professionals, it is particularly important that they stay current
on the latest in pet health and care. The Sunny-dog Ink pet first aid training
provides pet sitters with the skills they need to administer aid and respond to
emergency situations before a veterinarian is available.”
Fleck is available to come to your location for children’s book readings, Pet
First-Aid & CPCR Classes, Pet Disaster Preparedness & Senior Pet Care talks as
well as other animal-related topics. Learn more at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com
A BOOK OF HAPPINESS FOR HORSE LOVERS
EDITED BY ANOUSKA JONES
Gorgeous photography and memorable quotes combine to
create the ultimate gift for horse lovers.
Horses are the epitome of grace, power, and freedom. They also
have an ability to touch our souls and connect with our hearts in a
way that few other animals can. From a little girl’s first pony to a
gnarled stockman’s last Quarter horse, horses offer us some of
our deepest friendships and greatest inspiration.
Spirit: A Book of Happiness for Horse Lovers (Exisle Publishing,
dist. by QDS/Quarto, Oct 2017) is a compendium of enduring
quotes that capture the essence of our affection for these
magnificent animals. Some are by famous people (Winston
Churchill, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Faulkner, Dale Carnegie,
Ralph Waldo Emerson), others not; some are philosophical, others
light-hearted — all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful
photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a
collection of quotes to treasure. Spirit will appeal to horse
owners, as well as those who dream of owning one.
The editor, Anouska Jones, a horse and animal
lover, and also editor of MEOW and WOOF is
available for interviews.
Extracts and images are available for publication.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Anouska Jones is a book editor, publisher,
reviewer and author, who has worked in publishing for over twenty
years. She and her family live on a rural property with three horses,
two dogs, one budgie and five chickens.
$19.99 US, $25.99 CA Hardcover, 160 pages 8.75x8”
PUBLICATION DATE October 2017
ISBN 978-1-925335-51 4
www.exislepublishing.com and wherever good books are sold.
OTHER GREAT GIFTS OF HAPPINESS FOR PET
LOVERS: MEOW and WOOF
For more information, please contact
Jennifer Prost 973-746-8723,
Distributed by QDS
400 First Avenue North, #400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
PATCH AND RUBY
WRITTEN BY ANOUSKA JONES, ILLUSTRATED BY GWYNNETH JONES
A gently humorous story about friendship and
belonging that will appeal to any young child who feels
they haven’t quite found their niche yet.
Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young
owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly,
but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in.
Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens
that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a
wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and
finding out where you belong.
Anouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer
and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing
and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s
literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her
rural property with her husband and daughter, three
horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat
and one budgie.
Gwynneth Jones drew in her math books all through
school, so left to study art at university. She spends her
time imagining, drawing, exhibiting and working on
picture books. She is the illustrator of the successful
Don’t Think About Purple Elephants.
Price $17.99US/$23.99 CA
Publication date: October 28, 2016
9.5x10, 32 pages, Hardcover
Distributed by QDS. 800-4580454
Also available as one of three books in the Sugar and
Spice Collection as a beautifully presented boxed set.
Price: $34.99 US, $45.99 CA
This is a book about animals on what can be considered a small farm, the title character is the runt of a group of fourteen newly acquired chicks. On this farm, the animals are considered to be part of the family and all of them have their own names. The attitudes of the chickens are developed with this in mind,,although they have distinct personalities. Once the chicks are large enough to be safer from predators, they are allowed to roam freely, at this time “Bodo,” a Hungarian bird dog, takes over as their protector. There are also horses on this farm and they easily converse with the chickens. The horses are valuable show horse’s and some have traveled all the way to Europe to compete. When they are told that the horses wear blankets and other fashion accessories, the chickens are jealous and express a desire to also be dressed up. The entire farm is presented as a happy family, where all of the animals communicate with each other, yet the humans appear to be oblivious to this. That does not diminish this excellent story about animals of different species that form a society. The story is filled with life lesson’s such as sharing, trust, friendships , love, being yourself and proud of it and simple life pleasures such as splashing in puddles .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Whimsical Farm Animals Form Lasting Friendships In A Runtamuffin Tale
West Palm Beach, FL ― Life’s a real zoo at Legacy Farms, where 14 chickens, a couple of dogs and an assortment of horses with diverse temperaments learn to share their days on the sprawling homestead.
Based on the true life adventures of author Melissa Taylor’s charming chickens, A Runtamuffin Tale is a delightful new children’s book that follows the life of Runtamuffin — or Runti — a tiny chicken with a big personality. Runti becomes the first chicken brave enough to form a bond with one of the farm’s largest inhabitants — a beautiful horse named Mariett.
All the animals on the farm soon learn that differences in size and outward appearances don’t mean a thing in this colorful tale that subtly interweaves valuable life lessons on sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, anti-bullying and mutual respect.
The 57-page book, wonderfully illustrated by Marc Beauregard, targets children ages 6 to 12 and would make a treasured addition to any family’s home or elementary school library.
Author Melissa Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Melissa’s mom filled her childhood home with animals, which cultivated Melissa’s love and desire to surround herself with all types of four- and two-legged creatures. She currently lives, owns and runs a farm with her husband in South Florida with 14 chickens, 34 horses, 5 dogs and a cockatiel. For more information about Melissa and her children’s book, please visit: www.runtavision.com.
A Runtamuffin Tale Release date: 2017 ISBN: 978-0-9989887-0-2 Hardcover and digital download available from www.runtavision.com.
Excerpt from Kirkus Review: “Whatever their temporary differences, the farm is a little family where everyone has fun. In her debut, Taylor provides warm scenarios of friendship, growing trust, and simple pleasures, such as splashing in puddles.”
BESTSELLING AUTHOR GREG KINCAID RETURNS WITH A MCCRAY FAMILY STORY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
By Gregory Kincaid
Greg Kincaid’s New York Times bestselling book, A Dog Named Christmas (2008), became a sleeper hit in the fall of 2009 when it was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie. And his two follow-up books, Christmas with Tucker (2010) and A Christmas Home (2012), have touched the lives of many across the country. For the first time in five years, Kincaid takes us back to rural Kansas in NOELLE (Convergent; Hardcover, $16.99, October 24, 2017), a story about the power of family, and the strength and love that comes from our pets.
It’s Christmas in Crossing Trails, Kansas, and three families, each facing different challenges, are struggling to get through the holiday season.
When schoolteacher Mary Ann McCray unintentionally volunteers to redefine Christmas by playing the part of “Anna” Clause, she never thought she would unseat Santa. Her usually stalwart husband, George, and the town question her take on this most cherished of traditions. Meanwhile, Mary Ann’s former students Abbey and her husband, Link, decide to divorce, turning their young children’s lives upside down. Finally, Mary Ann and George’s son, Todd, is at a crossroads with his girlfriend, Laura, as he starts a new job at the city’s animal shelter. There, Todd works with the incorrigible Elle, an oddly shaped dervish of a dog that Todd stubbornly tries to train as a service dog. However lovable, Elle has a hard time staying out of trouble, and the refrain “No, Elle! No, Elle!” is often heard throughout town.
As Christmas quickly approaches, the lives of these families will intersect in unexpected ways—old relationships will be redefined and new friendships forged. And surprising news guarantees that one family’s collective life will be changed forever.
Throughout the story, Kincaid tackles the real-life challenges with family and marriage. As a divorce mediator, Kincaid deals firsthand with marital issues, and in particular the impact of divorce on children. Kincaid also sheds light on a second timely subject: Rudolph, Frosty, Santa, the Grinch—are all men. As he wonders why women are excluded from holiday stories, Kincaid brings Mrs. Clause back to the forefront. Here, Kincaid presents a holiday character that interjects a fresh approach as a woman who stands up for her beliefs against others who may question her motives and abilities.
ABOUT THE BOOK
By Gregory Kincaid
Convergent • On-Sale Date: October 24th, 2017
Hardcover • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 978-1-5247-6119-6
About the Author
GREG KINCAID is a practicing lawyer in Kansas who helped to start the Changing Lives Through Literature Program in Kansas. He is also involved in pet advocacy and the mentoring of young people. The father of five children, he lives in Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife and two dogs.
Find out more at GregKincaid.com